We’ve written before about the challenges photographing babies and toddlers can bring, but what about teenagers, or indeed tweenagers?
It goes without saying that it’s a whole different story – try waving a rattle in the direction of your teenager and you’ll see immediately why.
They are just as gorgeous as they were when they were younger, of course, but as they get older they can find it more difficult to recognise that or to enjoy their experience in front of the camera.
It’s a sad fact that a throwaway comment from a passing stranger can hold more weight than all the compliments of a loving parent, but it’s a fact that we can also use to our advantage.
Teenagers are often happiest in groups, and that’s why we find our party packages are among the most popular we offer for that age group. It can be very daunting to have the sole focus on just one person, especially if you are not entirely comfortable in your own skin yet, but add your friends and it’s much more fun.
Over half term, we have had several makeover sessions with beautiful young ladies; they were stunning to begin with but, with the right make-up to enhance their features, studio lighting and tips on the best poses, they could really see it for themselves.
You may have a different opinion for the perfect outfit to theirs, so bring both and see what works – you may be surprised!
Of course, it’s a lot easier for us as professionals to share tips, especially when we are not related to the teenagers we are photographing. But if you are taking the pictures yourself, a lot of the same advice applies.
It’s also worth gaining their trust by showing them the images as you take them, thanks to the magic of digital photography. You never know – when they see how good they look, they may be more willing to co-operate for the rest of the session.